8 Crazy Headache Home Remedies That Really Work (Sometimes)

Aug 17, 2015, by Dr. Becky Coats

Home remedies for migrainesIf you suffer from regular headaches, especially migraines, the number of times you head for your medicine cabinet–and the amount of money you spend on medicines–can be depressing. And counterproductive. Overuse of painkiller medications can actually cause headaches!

Before you try these home remedies, you need to talk to your doctor about headaches to make sure there’s no serious underlying medical condition. But after that, you can try these exciting and interesting approaches to treating your headaches.

Eat Ice Cream for a Migraine

Eating ice cream to give yourself an ice cream headache (or brain freeze) can stop a migraine in its tracks. It’s kind of like pitting Medusa against the Kraken, but it works. Migraines are related to irregular blood flow in the brain, and when you eat ice cream, it stimulates the flow of blood to the brain, which can stop the migraine pain in some people.

In others, though, ice cream is a known migraine trigger. But if you give it a try, at least you get ice cream, and at most you get a reliable headache remedy.

Drink a Sports Drink

Many people swear by the efficacy of drinking Gatorade or some other sports drink to cure their headaches. It’s quite likely this will work, because dehydration is a major factor in many common headaches. The effectiveness might also be due to the presence of magnesium in these drinks but the jury’s out on whether magnesium is really effective for migraine treatment.

But if you have any suspicion you might be dehydrated at all, it’s not a bad thing to try.

Visualization Cure

Guided visualization is worth a try for your headaches. This popular YouTube video offers one approach to treating your migraine this way. Just answer the questions: Where is your headache? What shape is it? What Color is it? a few times. Maybe that’ll work.


Headaches often stop people from engaging in activities like sex, which is too bad, because it turns out sex can be a great cure for headaches, especially migraines. About 60% of people who engage in sex during a migraine attack found it relieved their pain. The proposed mechanisms include the release of endorphins, which can act as natural pain relievers, and changes in brain blood flow related to stimulation and orgasm.

But, beware, like ice cream (which may or may not be better than loving), sex can also be a headache trigger.

Chamomile Tea

A cup of chamomile tea is a traditional home remedy for headaches. What is crazy about this is just how effective it is. It’s so effective, in fact, that it’s being used as the basis for new herbal remedies for migraines. Its relief might be due to its anti-inflammatory properties–swollen blood vessels in the brain contribute to migraine pain.

Other herbal teas to try for migraine pain include cinnamon, ginger, and peppermint.

Spicy Foods

Capsaicin, the compound that makes chili spicy, is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and can be a powerful pain reliever. There are many ways you can use it to relieve your migraines. You might apply it topically at the trigger point, apply a little bit below each nostril, or just eat a bunch of really spicy food, enough to make you sweat.

Lavender Oil

There are many smells that have been found to significantly reduce migraines in progress. One of the best performing in studies is lavender oil. Others you might try, though, are peppermint, basil, and even green apple. Make sure you’re using natural scents, though–artificial scents are one of the most common migraine triggers.


If you’ve ever hit your thumb when the hammer and let loose with a string of foul language, you might have thought you felt better but weren’t sure. Well, science backs up the pain relieving power of bad language. Here’s the catch: it’s really only effective for people who don’t swear on a regular basis.

Remedies Not Working?

But what do you do if you’re not getting relief from either home remedies or the ones your doctor has prescribed? In that case, you need to consider a highly effective approach that isn’t widely known. TMJ treatment is a very effective headache cure, and may be able to help you get relief from stubborn headaches.

To learn more about how TMJ treatment can help relieve your headaches in Dallas, please call (817) 481-6888 for an appointment at Grapevine Dental Care.